This is a review of “Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer. It is book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles. It follows on from “Cinder“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.
Scarlet Benoit and her grandmother run a farm in the rural French town of Rieux. They’re both strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, and they know their produce. But not all is well at Benoit Farm. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing. The police have been no help, and they’ve even closed her case. Scarlet’s grandmother has a reputation for being a little eccentric and more than a bit headstrong. Everyone seems to think she’ll just turn up. But Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t just leave without so much as an au-revoir. It’s up to Scarlet to find her now.
Cinder is having an interesting time. For one, she’s just found out her true identity (and she’s still got to keep it a secret). For two, she’s gained some awesome abilities along with that discovery. For three, she’s in prison. But hopefully not for long. Dr Erland has left her with some brand new cyborg parts that should really come in handy. (Excuse the pun there).
Prince Kai is in a predicament. As the new Emperor of the Commonwealth, he’s had to grow up fast. And he’s had to make some tough decisions. To avoid war with Luna he’s had to placate Queen Levana. And she very badly wants to punish Cinder. But Kai is not comfortable at all with this. Even though he feels horribly betrayed by Cinder, he still can’t shake the effect she’s had on him.
Scarlet meets a street fighter who goes by the name of Wolf. He’s a strange mix of violence and shyness, strength and softness. She doesn’t know if she can trust him, but he’s the only one in Rieux that wants to help her. Together they set off to find Scarlet’s grandmother. Cinder works on her jailbreak and makes an unlikely friend, and Prince Kai does all he can to prevent war with Levana.
I loved this novel. I enjoyed “Cinder“, but I really really loved this. Like “Cinder“, it is a futuristic retelling of a children’s classic tale. “Scarlet” is a re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved the melding of Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories, and I really enjoyed the new characters in this sequel. I felt that Meyer’s writing was a little stronger, and I really enjoyed the dialogue between characters. I can’t wait to read “Cress” next year.
Thorne: “A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.”
Cinder: “If only we had a captain here.”
“We’re having another moment aren’t we?”
“Who knows? Tomorrow you might learn about broccoli. By next week, you could know the difference between summer squash and zucchini.”